Saturday, August 25, 2012

On the Rise: Josh Howard

Josh Howard has been a nomad for most of his NBA career, being swung to Dallas, Washington and Utah before not being called back in the off-season until Minnesota gave him a shot, only to trade him yet again to Boston.

Aside from a couple maturity issues, Howard is a skilled player that can do a bit of everything. After failing to immediately wow Celtics management with his unremarkable play upon arriving in Boston, a fire was lit inside Howard that consistently has him leaping off the bench, eager to help his team with mid range shooting ability and fearless drives to the rim, which has rewarded him with plenty of free throws, which he keeps draining with a brilliant 95.2% at the line.

Averaging 8 points per game on 47.3% shooting proficiency, Howard has found his comfort zone with the Celtics and just had his biggest game (22 points) after lurking in the 10s. Howard is currently the 6th highest scorer on the Celtics behind the starting 5 in Garnett, Millsap, Pierce, Terry & Rondo, which begs the question.

Could Josh Howard have a chance at winning the Sixth Man Award this year?

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